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A new Matt Damon movie raises a theological concern that’s worth discussing with the church. Are human beings free? If not, wherein lies any sense of human responsibility and accountability? If so, isn’t that freedom to choose mitigated in part by factors that may be unique to each one of us? The material below explains how free will is a gift of God that’s been badly misused.
If you’re interested in preaching on the temptation text in Matthew’s gospel, we suggest looking at “The Slackitude Temptation,” February 17, 2002.
In classical mythology, the Fates are three goddesses who determine world events by spinning supernatural threads that determine our individual destinies. If you believe in fate, you accept that you have no real choices to make in a life that will end in death.
No surprise that fate is the root of the words fatalism and fatality.
Modern followers of the Fates will want to check out a new movie called The Adjustment Bureau, starring Matt Damon and...